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Dolphins mysterious personnel staff make some mystifying moves

Let me begin here: I am not a genius and I hate to second-guess. But some things simply do not add up and critiquing what is being done is not second-guessing, it is judging what is happening, and often times failing, right before your very eyes.

Having said that, I do not get the Dolphins' pesonnel moves sometimes. I also don't get their non-moves sometimes. In other words, when it comes to personnel acquisition, I often do not get the Miami Dolphins.

Let us begin with the latest and work our way back. You'll notice that today, as the Dolphins travel to Cleveland for their third game of the regular season, the team's secondary is one pulled muscle from being in shambles.

CB Vontae Davis is out with a hamstring injury. S Chris Clemons is questionable with a hamstring injury suffered weeks ago. Will Allen is questionable with a hamstring injury suffered in practice Thursday.

The Dolphins are starting Nolan Carroll at one CB spot even though he struggled in the preseason and then has struggled so far in the regular season.

It is a difficult situation authored, in part, by happenstance of injuries. It is also a difficult situation authored by strange personnel decisions.

To wit:

At the end of the preseason, the Dolphins decided Benny Sapp was their best option as the nickel back. He won the job and I agreed with it because he made plays in games (one interception) and had tons of plays in practice. Will Allen was mostly injured, nursing a hamstring injury for three weeks, after he missed the past two seasons with knee issues.

So I got that Sapp was on the team. The decision spoke for itself. The Dolphins saw what everyone else saw and they made the right call with Sapp.

Then after one game, they changed their minds. The Dolphins played one game in which Carroll, Davis, Sean Smith, and Sapp were beaten for significant gains or scores and decided that Sapp had to go.

The only guy that made any plays in the secondary in preseason, indeed, the only defensive back that made a play against New England, got fired.

Yes, Sapp had given up a 99-yard TD catch to Wes Welker. Yes, he gave up a 2-yard TD grab by Welker also.

But guess what? Jones took a bad angle on that Welker play and could have made the tackle around the 40-yard line if he hadn't. Guess what? Sapp played that WR screen perfectly in the first half and forced the tip that Jared Odrick intercepted, and that remains the only play the Miami secondary has made so far this season. Guess what? Players give up 2-yard catches in the NFL all the time.

Still, Sapp got the axe.

So basically, Miami's personnel decision-makers watched Sapp throughout six weeks of training camp, in four preseason games, in countless practices and nearly a thousand repetitions, and deemed him worthy of being on the team.

And then changed their mind in four quarters of football against the best quarterback in the NFL the past decade and an offense that led the league last year and is en route to that again this year?

Really?

So Sapp was out, even though as a vested veteran, the Dolphins were then on the hook for his 2011 salary.

Then they brought back Will Allen to replace him. Yup, the guy who's been injured most of the time since 2009 and was injured most of training camp was brought back last week to replace Sapp. And guess what? One week later, he's injured again.

Brilliant thinking, personnel department!

With Davis also down, the personnel department had to go find another cornerback. They couldn't rehire Sapp, although he knows the system and he's obviously in shape and would fit right in because, you know, that would look bad. It would look like somebody made a boo-boo in hastily firing him after New England.

So they go and sign Nate Jones. They go get a former Dallas Cowboy, of course!

Jones actually was not a bad player -- around 2009, that is. In 2008-2009 he was brought to Miami as a nickel back. He served a purpose and then was allowed to leave because, frankly, he has flaws and he was paid handsomely by the Denver Broncos. It was the right decision to move on.

Except now Denver has moved on. They've apparently found someone better. And the Dolphins?

They're back to 2009's solution. You know what that tells me?

The Dolphins haven't really addressed the nickel position well enough since 2009 to avoid having to resort to the old answers. Two years have passed and they're still trying to solve problems with old answers. What were they doing the past couple of years? Why didn't the issue get resolved in two offseasons of free agency and drafts with a better, younger, more expensive player?

Why are we trying to solve old questions with old answers you've already decided weren't good enough?

This example is not the only one bothering me about the personnel department.

They draft A.J. Edds in the fourth round in 2010. Nice pick. But after he gets injured and is out for the entire season, they cut him before the 2011 season begins. The kid got no opportunity to be in a Dolphins offseason conditioning program. He didn't have the luxury of OTAs or offseason camps. He was basically brought to camp a year after reconstructive surgery and told perform or you're cut.

And he led the team in tackles in the preseason. And he was cut anyway.

And for what?

Dante Rosario.

Yup, the Dolphins cut Edds to make room for Dante Rosario. No disrespect, but a great personnel man whom I greatly respect said this to me about Rosario when the Dolphins picked him up: "Rosario sucks!"

I took it with a grain of salt because I figured the Dolphins knew what they were doing. I will not make that mistake again.

Rosario was cut by Carolina. He was cut by Denver. He was then signed by Miami. And he was cut two weeks later because they found out what the other teams and that personnel man already knew. He's not the answer for them at tight end.

By the way, speaking of tight end, I'd like to hear from the personnel department why they looked the other way all of free agency and the draft on tight end. Jeremy Shockey signed with Carolina. Zach Miller signed with Seattle. Greg Olsen was traded from Chicago to Carolina for a third round pick.

And all the time the Miami pesonnel department is wanting us to believe the Dolphins are fine at tight end? No upgrade needed? Ok, if that is your best evaluation of your situation, fine. I will defer to your expertise.

But then you throw that expertise to the four winds and once other teams start cutting tight ends, you pick them up, one after another, like a homeless person picks scraps out of a garbage can?

What? The proven guys were too good?

You had a really good feeling about Jeron Mastrud, who has zero catches in 10 NFL games?

All I can say is Charles Clay, a running back in college, better be a stud tight end.

He also better be a short-yardage stud and blocking fullback stud because the personnel department decided Lousaka Polite was expendable. Polite was excellent in the locker room. He was one of those players that fit the team's "right 53 players" outlook the past three years.

And on third-and-1, he was nails. Polite carried the ball 15 times on third-and-one or fourth-and-one last year. He converted 14 times.

This year the Dolphins are only 2 of 4 on third-and-two or less. They are only 1-for-2 on fourth and 1. So already they've blown three times more short yardage plays in two games than they did all last year handing it to Polite.

But, maybe the personnel department would argue it had the answer for a fullback. Paul Soliai!

How'd that work out against New England.

Look, the truth is the personnel department wouldn't argue anything. General Manager Jeff Ireland is not talking to the media. He hasn't spoken since the draft. I asked to speak to him this week. Nothing.

His right hand man, Brian Gaine? Hardly ever see the guy. Doesn't mean he's not around, but he is definitely a behind the scenes guy.

And that's fine. They can stay behind the curtain. But their moves?

I promise you, from this point forward I will continually put them before your eyes.

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Great article.


Henne has shown some improvement. But the primary problem continues to be that whats still his greatest weakness flares in the redzone.

Posted by: DyingBreed | September 24, 2011 at 11:26 PM

Henne struggles with the fade. Other than that your post above is just a fine example of following the crowd.

Heres the facts for you on Henne in the red zone this year:

In two games so far, in the Red Zone, Henne has three TD passes. He also had three TD passes dropped IN THE END ZONE. RIGHT ON THE HANDS DROPPED!

So while it's always popular to go with the "IN" crowd, Henne for all intents and purposes SHOULD have 6 TD passes in TWO GAMES. That would extrapolate out to 48 TD's on the season.

I'm not sure what you guys are expecting or wanting. Fiedler MAYBE?

ROTFLMFAO...................................

PS: Henne DESERVES better than these Dolphins!


By the end of the 2011-12 nfl season it will be crystal clear to everyone our 2012 #1 draft pick should be a qb. Im all for resigning Henne, but only as a backup qb.

Too much talk about Luck. It is not realistic to focus on that. It's not likely we will finish in the bottom 5. Let's look at the other options. I don't see how they pass on picking a 1st round QB this year.

Odinseye, question for you.

Do you think all of our receivers have bad hands? They rarely catch the ball clean and they bobble and drop too many balls. Could it be the delivery? Too hard, wrong shoulder, thrown late? Or do all of our receivers just have lousy hands?

You can forget about Luck.

Even if we had the first pick of the draft, contemplating playing for the PHINS? Luck will threaten to sit out the entire season ala Elway.

We'll end up with a right tackle-PERIOD!

Oh yeah, I like the way you keep bringing up Henne's numbers under HenningS last year and the year before.

It just reinforces my point. For one thing, this is a what have you done for me lately league. You know, like what have you done under a competent OB around the 30 to 40 games started mark-Dooh!

Secondly, it's just another example of how much Henne deserves a good team with a competent coaching staff.

Archie Manning lost a whole lot of games in New Orleans, so let me guess, it was all his fault? I think not.

Heh, Heh!!!!

Odin,

Dont get me wrong. I dont have anything personal against Henne and Im not a hater. He just hasnt "CONSISTENTLY" shown he can CONSISTENTLY display all of the skills to be a great starting qb. He's only shown he can be "MIDDLE OF THE PACK" at best.

Middle of the pack at best qb's, very rarely get you into the playoffs unless surrounded with upperechelon offensive talent. Or supported by a lights out defense. We have neither in Miami.

With what we have in Miami, we need Peyton Manning at qb just to become a legit wildcard threat. It isnt just Henne alone, still I think he has to be surrounded with upper echelon offensive talent all accross the board to make us a consistent wildcard playoff team.

From game to game I still worry which Chad Henne will show up and you should too. It will take an entire season of "CONSISTENCY" to change that.

That's an interesting idea...

Dan Marino had a stronger arm than Henne and his balls where usually caught.

Then again some QB's just throw better catchable balls than others.

Many of those QB's play in the NFL.

This year we get to find out whether Henne is one of them...
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I cannot believe that even the biggest Henne hater will use the texans game against him. Because Hennes past games, proves that that game was a fluke. THAT game was beneath Hennes career numbers. He is a career 60% completion percentage, and his 53% completion percentage through 2 games, mainly because of the Texans game, does NOT prove the Henne Haters right. What it does say, is, we KNOW he will improve that stat, even if he gets back to being LAST YEARS Henne. Thing is, he isnt LAST years Henne. He HAS improved.
But HATE is as blind as Love.

Im thoroughly convinced Peyton Manning could get us to 10 wins even if this garbage truck of a team. To be honest, I dont see this team winning more than 6 games with Henne this season.

It wont be all Henne's fault. But fact is, Henne's not good enough to overcome both the mistakes he personally makes and those of the team mates around him. This is why I say Henne is far from good enough. He's good, but still far from good enough.

Bravephin... Sure Henne has improved..not enough though for four years into his career. He cannot buy a TD in the red zone. So yes he improved...but not enough...it's overhaul time! Henne just isn't a number one QB, good QB's score TD's.


Do you think all of our receivers have bad hands? They rarely catch the ball clean and they bobble and drop too many balls. Could it be the delivery? Too hard, wrong shoulder, thrown late? Or do all of our receivers just have lousy hands?

Posted by: DevilsAdvocate | September 24, 2011 at 11:42 PM


All I can field this question with is what little knowledge my 40 years of being a fan has given me.


I have heard of receivers having bad hands.

I have NEVER heard a Pundit, an NFL Coach, GM, Owner or anyone else ever claim that a certain QB's delivery was to blame for receivers drops.

I have heard that the spin from righty's and lefty's presented problems at times, but even then, it was on the receivers to make the adjustments.

I'm sure Marino would find your question and it's implication as humorous as I do. But just for the record, I've never heard Swann, Rice, Fryar, Moss, or Warfield EVER try to blame a Quarterback for having dropped a pass that hit them right in the hands ;)

Hope this helps!!!!

Choice of new coaches. 1. Cowher 2. Gruden 3.Fisher... Cowher Gruden Flip a coin.. I really like these 2 alot more than Fisher.. I think Gruden could really get the most out of Andrew Luck.. And we will get Luck.. Thanks to Tony & Jeff. This will be the best thing they do for the Fins even though they wont be here when Luck becomes a Dolphin..

I'll put it this way:

Brady will win 12-14 games or more for the Pats this year. If you replaced Brady with Henne, though surrounded with all of that offensive talent, Henne would win 10 games max.

Henne's good, but we're not close to talented enough as a team, to just have a good qb. This entire team's so pathetic we need a GREAT QB just to become a legit wildcard team.

That's why most my issue isnt with Henne, it's with personel job 1!

From todays Batard article, just an excerpt:

Today’s best teams have quarterbacks who don’t care if the receivers are covered, quarterbacks who make third-and-11 irrelevant. The precision of Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady and five others guys not named Henne is such that being a cornerback now, with the new rules, may be the hardest thing to do in all of sports, harder than even hitting a baseball. The super-precise quarterback and super-athletic receiver know where they are going, the cornerback doesn’t, and the ball is often released before the cut is made at exactly 8 1/2 yards — and put in a place that gets the receiver open on the back shoulder even if the cornerback does everything in the world right and has his man completely covered. The route runners are so precise that Plaxico Burress, after two years in jail, ran a route blindfolded for ESPN to within inches of where he was supposed to be if he had been able to see.

Want to see something amazing? Go to YouTube, and check out what Brees does with a football, throwing at a bull’s-eye 20 yards away. He hits it 10 out of 10 times, more accurate than a world-class archer with a bow. If you don’t have someone like that in your huddle, and the Dolphins don’t, you have two choices: 1) Cover that up by having overwhelming game-breakers at other positions on offense or defense, or 2) Lose to the teams that do have someone like that.

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/09/24/2423535_p2/miami-dolphins-in-critical-condition.html#ixzz1YvuftIXK

Miami! How are you enjoying it down there~~~??

The TWO LOSS cr@p is all nonsense 'stirred' up by the
South Florida Media...


You guys DO realize that don't you?

I'm not saying that they've looked great so far....but I think that we'll know a lot more after week five or six.

If the Coach that they have now is still there at that point, then most likely they'll be competitive all season.


I MIGHT NOT FEEL THE SAME WAY TOMORROW AT AROUND 3:45PM...

BUT FOR NOW I'M TAKING THAT PLAN AND
R U N N I N G
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"Plaxico Burress, after two years in jail, ran a route blindfolded"


That's funny.
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Desperate measures

Give him credit for trying, opening up the offense even though he doesn’t exactly have the best pieces to open up an offense. He’s trying to out-pass Brady and Matt Schaub with a team built around guards and the antiquated notion of out-toughing you, as if Mario Williams and Vince Wilfork are going to be out-toughed. But he’s basically trying to save his job with an uncomfortable air-it-out philosophy that isn’t his, a quarterback he doesn’t trust, limited skill-position players and an offense built around the Parcellian fat guys up front. The only way to make the job more uncomfortable is to have him get a proctology exam each quarter.

It shows very little vision, obviously, but that’s not new. Last year, the Dolphins let go of the special-teams coach after a special-teams fiasco on a nationally televised night game. This year, they let go of Benny Sapp after a 99-yard pass in another one of those games. That isn’t exactly vision and leadership, noticing that someone shouldn’t have a job at the same exact moment that everyone else in the surrounding stadium does. But how’s that for a symbol? Both firings came after games against the gold-standard Patriots, who, on top of everything else, lead the league in causing Dolphins employees to get fired.

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/09/24/2423535_p2/miami-dolphins-in-critical-condition.html#ixzz1Yvxa7yKo


Bravephin... Sure Henne has improved..not enough though for four years into his career. He cannot buy a TD in the red zone. So yes he improved...but not enough...it's overhaul time! Henne just isn't a number one QB, good QB's score TD's.

Posted by: C63-AMG | September 24, 2011 at 11:57 PM


I think this is a good example of Hate being as blind as love. Six TD's in two games isn't god enough for you(pun intended)?

If you look at it from number of games played/started, Henne is ahead of Brees learning curve-BAM!

I don't care how you want to label it, 5 years, a hundred years. Despite having come into the league under Dan Hennings, Henne is showing STEADY improvement across the board(except the damn fade!)and putting up numbers comparable to Brees and in some cases SURPASSING him.

YEAH, pull the plug QUICK! How'd that workout for San Diego?

DB @ 11;48

Excellent post! Good comeback!

Wow DB, another excellent post!


Henne's good, but we're not close to talented enough as a team, to just have a good qb. This entire team's so pathetic we need a GREAT QB just to become a legit wildcard team.

-Sort of like we were with Marino.

That's why most my issue isnt with Henne, it's with personel job 1!

Posted by: DyingBreed | September 24, 2011 at 11:59 PM

I couldn't agree more!

The major problem isnt Henne, the major problem is the guy in charge of bringing in personel(Ireland).

Ireland foolishly thought he could fix the entire defense with one draft(2010. Also thought he was going to fix the offense with one draft(2011).

He added big name fa's to bothe sides of the ball last year(Marshall/Dansby). Marshall's never been a legit deepthreat, although highly known for breaking tackles. Dansby has always been the last guy on the outside looking in when it came to making the pro-bowl.

Yet, Ireland thought 2 consecutive drafts dedicated to each to offense and defense would put this team over the top. Well it hasnt, and I wont even begin to mention the bad picks, cuts, and bad personel brought in to supplement his mediocrity.

I think this is a good example of Hate being as blind as love. Six TD's in two games isn't god enough for you(pun intended)?

Posted by: odinseye | September 25, 2011 at 12:11 AM


What you meant to say was 3 real td's, 3 odin fantasy coulda shoulds woulda mighta td's. Just saying. 3 tds doesn't really become 6td's just because you want it that way.


Want to see something amazing? Go to YouTube, and check out what Brees does with a football, throwing at a bull’s-eye 20 yards away. He hits it 10 out of 10 times, more accurate than a world-class archer with a bow. If you don’t have someone like that in your huddle, and the Dolphins don’t, you have two choices: 1) Cover that up by having overwhelming game-breakers at other positions on offense or defense, or 2) Lose to the teams that do have someone like that.

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/09/24/2423535_p2/miami-dolphins-in-critical-condition.html#ixzz1YvuftIXK


Posted by: DevilsAdvocate | September 24, 2011 at 11:59 PM

Apples to Oranges POPPYCOCK-LOL!

The Chargers didn't have "The Brees" in the huddle with them either.

But after 50 NFL starts, the Saints did.

NEED I SAY MORE-ROTFLMAO!

Batard? That ryhmes with...............?

Our 3 opponents in the afc east no longer have to concern themselves with how to beat the Dolphins.

Now all they have to do is sit back during the offseason and watch us beat ourselves. Personel decisions are killing this team. What we see on the football field only confirms it!

c 63, I agree, he hasnt improved enough YET. That doesnt mean he wont improve enen more. It actually says he will! This will be his 30th start in the League. He is AHEAD of where Drew Brees was at the 30th start of his career. It would be a shame if he keeps improving to become as good a qb as DRew Brees, but on another team. QB's do not Grow on trees. ANother little tidbit, it took Tom Brady 11 years as a starter, to have a game where he threw for over 400 yards. Henne did it in his 3rd year. Not saying Henne will be as good as Brady. He doesnt need to be.

I don't know that Henne would have gotten the 'Greatest Show on Turf' team to the playoffs. Even Mr. Shula said last year if he's got something to show, he should be showing it by now.

If he couldn't have a good game against an average team like Houston, then you are not a playoff caliber QB (12 for 30? under 200 yards?). So let's see, if he is so much better, he should have a blow out game against Cleveland. I mean, what are we talking about really? A guy that can play well once in awhile or a guy that plays well most of the time?

Our 2007(1-15) defense was far better than the present one we have now. Yet, first thing this regime did was come in and disassemble it for the crap we have now(3-4 defense).

They have neither thoroughly fixed what was broken with that team, and to add insult to injury. They have also broken what was fixed with that team(2007 defense).


What you meant to say was 3 real td's, 3 odin fantasy coulda shoulds woulda mighta td's. Just saying. 3 tds doesn't really become 6td's just because you want it that way.

Posted by: DevilsAdvocate | September 25, 2011 at 12:16 AM

You got me there! Just fantasizing about Miami someday getting some receivers that can actually hang with Henne in a REAL, NON-Danosaur HenningS offense.

You know the kind of receivers like Brady, Manning and Brees have. I forget what their names are but you'll recognize them by the way thy don't let the ball bounce of their hands and facemasks-ROTFLMAO!

What was I THINKING?

Look, its hard to ignore that we have the worst coach and worst QB and worst GM in the division. Now way to spin that into a positive.

In 2007, we didnt lose 15 games because we couldnt consistently stop our opponents. We lost 15 games because we couldnt score points!

Bill Parcells you didnt fix the offense, while at the same time you broke our st's and defense!

Now its still tough to score points. We cant consistently stop anyone, no matter how good or bad the offense. And we've given the st's invitation to join the mediocre party!

That's all I've seen coming into now the 4th yr of this regime. In rebuilding a team's supposed to challenging for a SB bid. Looks like we're not even challenging for a Wildcard bid.

odinseye. we have the $50 million dollar man receiver. Not good enough? Maybe Henne needs to learn how to improvise and react to the defense and what Marshall is doing.

Aside from Marshall, we have 3 UDFA's and Hartline, so you aren't totally off base either.

3/5ths of our receiving corp are UDFAS (that is hilarious, but not funny)

Now For The Elephant In The Room:

I didnt ever wanna hear these words come from anyones lips, yet alone my own.

WE WERE BETTER OFF UNDER CAM CAMERON THAN WE ARE NOW!


don't know that Henne would have gotten the 'Greatest Show on Turf' team to the playoffs. Even Mr. Shula said last year if he's got something to show, he should be showing it by now.

If he couldn't have a good game against an average team like Houston, then you are not a playoff caliber QB (12 for 30? under 200 yards?). So let's see, if he is so much better, he should have a blow out game against Cleveland. I mean, what are we talking about really? A guy that can play well once in awhile or a guy that plays well most of the time?

Posted by: DevilsAdvocate | September 25, 2011 at 12:27 AM


Talk about fantacizing-SHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESH-ROFLMAO!

Listen buddy, all the double talk you can muser in week won't change the facts.

Henne's learning and execution curves are on par with, and in some cases exceeds MORE than one quarterback that has won a superbowl in the pass happy day and age.

I hope you're not always this anxious to Prematurely pull the plug when it comes to pleasing your "significant" other ;P

Haha, hey in all seriousness, people have forgotten Cameron's team suffered a ridiculous amount of season ending injuries to several starters early on.

That's some funny stuff, that right there :)

Ok well, you know what...the Henne story is unfolding loud and clear now. By game 8 there will be no more debate. He will either win us over or play his way off the team.

Henne has to learn to play well for 4 quarters. I'll even take three quarters. Henne plays well for a quarter and a half and then disappears. This has to change, or the W column won't be pretty.

At least under Cam Cameron only the offense sucked. Now offense, defense, and st's all suck in unisome. At some point during a game all 3 units now find a way to suck!

Its been this way going into the 4th season now. Several things have been broken and none truly fixed!

Not true, we fixed the equipment manager situation. That has been flawless so far.

Cam-Mueller were more competent than Sparano-Ireland. Under Cam-Mueller all 3 units on the team didnt grossly suck!

Bring back Cam-Mueller!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Placed under fine microscope, we may find 2007's 1-15 were overall in better shape than the last two 7-9 teams.

Think about it!

Keep in mind, the defense was 6th last year in one stat only, not 6th overall. I think it was rushing yards. They were around 24th in pass defense.

Tony Gonzales in ATL is a great example if a TE that can catch... Ryan threw a rocket to him and he still caught it and got both feet down with much less room at the back of the endzone than Marshall had on his TD drop.. These silly things need to be corrected, even still so many other area lack.
I say hire Rob Ryan as HC...let him be hungry to beat his bro Rex twice per year...now that sounds good to me...

I don't have faith in any of the tv booth coaches. They are not going to adapt going from the cush tv life to working like a dog 100 hours a week. I don't see it. I'd rather find and obscure name, up and coming young energetic guy than another retread course. How many retreads have we tried? They all failed us miserably.

Stupid coach
Clueless GM
Brain dead owner
How and how long will it take to get out of this mess?

Ryan would be better and more motivated than let's say a gruden or cowher chin face. Just throwing him out there, any thoughts gents?

Devils...how bout Ryan?

I am pained to type this comment as I think that Armando is a huge douche but... He is 100% on the right track here and I'm glad he's making a stink of the personnel work being lead by that moron Ireland. I honestly don't know if Sparano is even the problem but I do know that Ireland needs to be fired as soon as possible before he wrecks the team so bad we never recover.

Not sure about Ryan. Mr. Ross is going to want someone a little more polished, personable, presentable...an image guy, that rules out Ryan.

**EXCELLENT POST ALERTS**

Good stuff!

Tony Gonzales in ATL is a great example if a TE that can catch... Ryan threw a rocket to him and he still caught it and got both feet down with much less room at the back of the endzone than Marshall had on his TD drop.. These silly things need to be corrected, even still so many other area lack.
I say hire Rob Ryan as HC...let him be hungry to beat his bro Rex twice per year...now that sounds good to me...

Posted by: C63-AMG | September 25, 2011 at 12:54 AM

I don't have faith in any of the tv booth coaches. They are not going to adapt going from the cush tv life to working like a dog 100 hours a week. I don't see it. I'd rather find and obscure name, up and coming young energetic guy than another retread course. How many retreads have we tried? They all failed us miserably.

Posted by: DevilsAdvocate | September 25, 2011 at 12:54 AM


Devil,

(In my BEST Deniro Voice): You! Yooooooooou! You're GOOD YOOOOOOOOU!!!!


Yes great stuff Mando!! Ireland is killing us more than anyone else!!.ps-if u get to speak to with Ireland, be careful what he may ask about your mom.(may she rest in peace) just making a point that Ireland is not a good gm.

Devil and C63,

For the reasons yo stated Devil in regards to Gruden and Cowher, I'm ALMOST convinced that Fisher would be the better choice. He's still hungry and the other two are JUST GETTING comfortable.

C63,

I don't know that much about Rob Ryan, but it's instantly intriquing. Another longshot that I myself wouldn't mind is Singletary. I know I'm in a major minority there, but I believein the guys knwledge an ability to motivate.

Sidenote: If you remmeber Rex and Robs daddy punching Fisher in the face on the sideines, it would add another dimension to the Dolphins jets rivalry!

Can you imagine how much distaste Fisher has for all things "Ryan". He would just love sticking it to Buddy's kid twice a year :)


odinseye, Does this mean I am off your shytlist?

Fisher maybe. He would have credibility with the players. Of course the folks in TitanLand hate him, so I don't know. I agree he would have a chip on his shoulder and give it a good go.

I'm looking for a name like Rambo Einstein, tough smart guy from out of the blue that will have a mind of his own and not another follower of the BeliBong system.

I'm out..until game time...

Odin, your most recent comments were intriguing! Although I find the Rex vs Rob Ryan an even bigger match than Fischer! The Thrilla in Manila all over again, 15 rounds from two great fighters! Twins, struggling to outdo the other!

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